4. Sofia Vergara
In 2000, Spanish actress Sofia Vergara was diagnosed with thyroid cancer but chose not to go public. According to her, she got lucky when doctors found a lump in her neck during a routine checkup. “I couldn’t stop thinking about what would have happened if I hadn’t discovered it early,” Vergara said.
She was 28 when she received the diagnosis. “When you’re young and you hear that terrific word, so many things come to your mind,” she added. “I tried not to panic, and I made the decision to get educated. I read every book I could get my hands on and learned everything I could.”
Only after a decade did the actress decide to make her diagnosis public. She stated that she didn’t want any attention while receiving treatment. Vergara had her thyroid gland removed and also had some radiation. She now takes a daily thyroid hormone pill.